Bimota Fails to Meet Homologation Quotas, Out of WSBK?

08/19/2014 @ 2:00 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Bimota Fails to Meet Homologation Quotas, Out of WSBK? Christian Iddon Binota WSBK Laguna Seca 2014 635x423

Despite the small size of the company, Bimota has shown itself to be a strong contender in the EVO class of the World Superbike Championship. And though none of the company’s results have counted to date, as the Italian brand had failed to meet the initial 125 quota by the start of the 2014 season, Bimota has kept forging ahead.

This is because Bimota got a special dispensation to race the first part of the 2014 WSBK season, as the FIM allowed the company four months from its first race day to meet World Superbike’s initial homologation standards, which is 125 street bikes.

Unfortunately however, even with that extra time, Bimota has been unable to meet the 125 unit volume (only 40 or so machines have been built), and thus is not expected to continue racing the rest of the season.

Part of the issue is that BMW has yet to deliver the remaining S1000RR engines that Bimota needs to meet homologation volume demands, though it should also be mentioned that the Italian company also can’t prove to the FIM that it has purchased the motors from the German company, which would roughly be a $1 million purchase order.

While no official word has come down from Dorna or the FIM, and Bimota missed its four-month window a few days ago according to the rulebook, we all know that WSBK rules are more like guidelines when it comes to Italian companies. Word is that Bimota will have an official inspection this time next week, where a more official announcement is expected as well.

What all this means for Alstare Racing, and its riders Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon, remains to be seen, though the Belgian squad could remain in the WSBK paddock using different equipment if it so chooses.

Meanwhile, more cynical voices in the paddock would suggest that Bimota has taken advantage of the World Superbike Championship, and had no intentions of meeting homologation numbers.

Instead, the company used the valuable exposure through the sport (namely via TV), to help the brand’s relaunch after its recent acquisition.

We will likely know more in that regard when World Superbike returns from its summer break, and heads to Jerez, Spain for its third-to-last round of the season on September 7th.

Source: Motociclismo.it & GPOne; Photo: © 2014 Scott Jones / Photo.GP – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. n/a says:

    Those BB3’s are beautiful. Couldn’t believe there was one racing at the Ulster Grand Prix!

  2. asteele2 says:

    How does a company design and sell only 40 units, but still have racing money to play around with in the first place?

  3. asteele2 says:

    Nevermind. That was a dumb question. Income from other bikes. D’uh.

  4. sburns2421 says:

    $1M to buy the balance of 85 engines if I am reading this right, or almost $12k each. I’m missing something, clearly.

  5. Ray Kumar says:

    I think the $1m accounts for spares and rights to engine architecture for tuning

  6. L2C says:

    Yes, very beautiful bikes!

  7. Jason says:

    @ asteele2: Bimota goes bankrupt or stops production and is sold to new investors about once a decade. They aren’t known for making money, just beautiful motorcycles.

  8. Bill says:

    So much not cool with this. Really wish they could stick around and continue getting good results. Maybe they could petition WSBK and then let the other teams vote to allow them to continue as a non-scoring team.

  9. Jacob says:

    This is a perfect example of FIM and Dorna absurd and how welcome you are over there in real life. How the hell you can expect from Bimota to build those 125 bikes when even some big ones are struggling to sell those quants for some models.
    Get real FIM absurd – you have lead whole EU motosport to the hyper crisis with all those only corruption deals no clue about the real industry – how long we have to take it or new FIM still needs to be formed as it’s have been discussed already many times seriously. As all those Dorna, Longo, Srb etc etc schemes are way, way over every limit.